Japanese Pop Culture

Otaku are manga and anime fanatics, stereotyped as being so obsessed with their hobbies that it stunts their social growth. The fandom surrounding manga and anime has become an international phenomenon, and otaku are even associated with “cool” Japan. This tour of Japanese pop culture in Toyko takes us through Akihabara, an area known as a hub for otaku, where we'll get an intimate look at one of Japan’s most misunderstood subcultures.


Tsukiji Market Tasting Tour

Japanese food really plays to the senses. As we eat graze at stalls and have lunch at a restaurant during our tour of Tsukiji Market, we’ll see how impeccably presented meals are, from a hearty selection of humble rice balls to delicate, melt-in-your-mouth sashimi.


Aesthetics and Design in Tokyo

Walking through Harajuku, Omotesando, and Roppongi, we'll introduce historic and contemporary principles of Japanese design and aesthetics. As our scholar-led tour winds through some of the most dynamic neighborhoods in one of the world's greatest cities, we'll dig into the complexities of the Japanese ideal of beauty—and the hows and whys of Tokyo’s dazzling contemporary visual culture.